Friday, April 25, 2014
Why I'm Afraid of Vessels
I mentioned a couple of days ago that I am not a fan of tidal waves. I imagine that few people are. (Except maybe people who own property just above the high water line, maybe? I dunno). But my fear of nautical-related phenomenon is not tied directly to abnormal swells in water levels. I fucking hate boats, too.
I know, I know, I'm a Newfoundlander. My ancestors were born and raised in fishing boats. A few of them even died in boats (not a positive endorsement for seagoing vessels). I should feel perfectly natural in a boat. But there are few things that feel so UNNATURAL to me. Human beings are meant to walk on two legs on solid ground. If we were meant to live on the sea, someone (God or Darwin) would have given us fins and gills. Being out on open water on a dirt-dweller-made object constructed of materials that come from the land just feels so wrong. None of these things - not me, not the wood and metal - are meant to be in the water. For frig's sake, metal is not even meant to float, so where the hell do we get off bending the laws of physics to make that one happen?
Part of the my fear I'm sure is because I don't swim very well. If the ship goes down I'm pretty boned. Another part of the issue is that I have a weird fear of losing my glasses over the side of a boat (I wasn't sure where to include that one... "G" for glasses, maybe?). The biggest issue, though, is the seasickness. I know it's an odd thing to be proud of, but I have always bragged that I never threw up for twenty years. From the time I was a kid about ten years old until I was over thirty (and had a kid of my own who brought all kinds of weird diseases and viruses into the house), I never got stomach sick. At all. I could eat anything. I could bounce back from the flu like a champ. My only weakness was goddamn boats. Thirty seconds on a ship and I was turning green and hugging the gunwales for dear life.
Whatever gene my forefathers possessed to allow them to be fishermen certainly never made it to me. Unless they never had it either, and felt the same why every time they were in a boat. In that case they were even more badass than I previously imagined.
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Strangely enough, I have visions sometimes of me drowning after falling off a boat. I guess that means I shouldn't get on boats. But I generally like them as I'm a big fan of looking out over the water. Guess it's growing up near the coast has done that for me.ReplyDelete
I love looking out at the water... from atop a hill, on a dock or the shore. You can appreciate something from afar without being in the middle of it. I like to look at the sun, too. It's not like I want to visit.Delete
Personally I love kayaking- but not in the ocean!ReplyDelete
I've never kayaked, but I have a hunch it may not be as bad as being on a larger boat. Being lower down with seemingly more control would actually be more comforting. Same reason I prefer motorcycles and small cars to large trucks and SUVs.Delete
I love the water:) I would not want to be in a little kayak-leave that to my hubby who won't shut up about it:) We went on a whale watch tour and it was quite rolling sue to a recent hurricane that had gone through, I was great! My 2 friends were so ill -they hated me because they were sitting trying to compose themselves and I went and got a sandwich and an orange juice, smiled, waved and bit into the sandwich which made them turn green and run to the washroom. I was evil.ReplyDelete
That is cruel. I appreciate it and applaud you for it, but it was still cruel. ;-)Delete